Crucial to the austerity plan's success is whether ordinary Greeks see the pain as fairly shared.
"There's a growing appreciation on the part of a lot of people that the situation has come to an impasse somehow and something has to give," Massourakis said. "Of course, everybody wants somebody else to give rather than themselves."
That may explain why the government recently mounted a high-profile tax crackdown on private physicians in a posh Athens neighborhood, where stories are rampant of doctors declaring minuscule incomes but sailing the Aegean in luxury yachts.
Tax evasion in Greece is practically an Olympic sport, greased by a culture of under-the-table transactions; the "black economy" is estimated to equal one-third of GDP.